• Humanitarian Intervention | Model Diplomacy
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    Humanitarian Intervention | Model Diplomacy

    A military humanitarian intervention is when civilians are under stress, when they are starving, or under attack, and the international community, maybe the United States, decides that they need to go in and help these people and that in order to do that they’re gonna need the military for logistics or for protection. The Responsibility to Protect is an international norm. What it basically means is that it is the responsibility of governments to protect civilians, and that if they can’t do that, that it’s the international community’s right and responsibility to intervene in order to help those civilians. The human rights community considers it an incredible evolution of norms.…

  • Home Drone: A Public Art Intervention
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    Home Drone: A Public Art Intervention

    I’m definitely interested in borders, and especially borders of conflict and how easy it is to demonize the other side when you haven’t experienced life from their perspective and the art that I’m making attempts to cross those borders. My background is in teaching, but everything that I do, any research that I do in education, is centered around social justice and asking questions of, “Who has power?”, “Who’s marginalized by that power?”. I think I became more and more interested in using art as a vehicle for addressing social justice issues. It started when Brian and I were learning about the U.S. drone program in northern Pakistan. There were…

  • Why Humanitarian Intervention Is Dumb
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    Why Humanitarian Intervention Is Dumb

    The world is full of terrible people doing terrible things. Sometimes these people are inspired by their take on old religions, and sometimes they are inspired by newer ideas. The terrorist group Boko Haram has famously kidnapped over 200 young women for the crime trying to educate themselves and improve the prospects of their families and villages. Over the past 40 years every level of the United States government has conspired to send millions of young black men to rape camps. These men are convicted of ¨crimes¨ that I, as a suburban white kid, personally committed almost every weekend of my adolescence. When we see these sorts of injustices, anywhere…

  • How Rebel Victories Stop Civil Wars While Foreign Intervention Prolongs Them | Monica Duffy Toft
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    How Rebel Victories Stop Civil Wars While Foreign Intervention Prolongs Them | Monica Duffy Toft

    So when one country intervenes in another country’s civil war, one of the things that happens is: it extends the war. And if you think about it, what’s happening is that you’re having more resources coming into that conflict; and it’s bringing in new resources, bringing in new interests, basically complicating and complexifying that war that was already a very complex war. There are ways in which intervention might be good, which is you’re trying to pull the parties apart, not trying to pick sides—one side picking the other side—and that can sort of stop the killing, but typically before that happens if outside states are getting involved in a…

  • The oil wars: How America’s energy obsession wrecked the Middle East | Eugene Gholz
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    The oil wars: How America’s energy obsession wrecked the Middle East | Eugene Gholz

    So for a long time oil has played a special role in American foreign policy and military strategy. Oil is a uniquely important commodity in global affairs. It’s an input to everything in our modern way of life; it’s very important for protecting our prosperity; and at a certain level oil is essential for high-quality military power: to fight you need access to oil. And in the Cold War the United States was concerned that the Soviet Union could interrupt American access to Persian Gulf oil, which we needed in order to defend Europe, defend our own interests against the Soviet Union. And so we took it on as a…

  • America | Bernie Sanders
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    America | Bernie Sanders

    ♪ hmm hmm hmm-hmm-hmm-hmm ♪ ♪ hmm hmm hmm hmm hmm-hmm ♪ ♪ Let us be lovers, we’ll marry our fortunes together ♪ [ cheering ] ♪ I’ve got some real estate here in my bag ♪ ♪ Counting the cars on the New Jersey turnpike ♪ ♪ They’ve all come to look for America ♪ [ cheers and applause ] ♪ All come to look for America ♪ ♪ All come to look for America ♪ ♪ All come to look for America ♪ I’m Bernie Sanders, and I approve this message.

  • Escalation: Trump Response To Impeachment Probe Courts ‘Constitutional Crisis’ | MSNBC
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    Escalation: Trump Response To Impeachment Probe Courts ‘Constitutional Crisis’ | MSNBC

    >>>AS PROMISED, WE’RE BACK WITH>>>AS PROMISED, WE’RE BACK WITH FORMER EDITOR OF “FOREIGN FORMER EDITOR OF “FOREIGN POLICY” MACK DAVID ROTHKOPFF. POLICY” MACK DAVID ROTHKOPFF. LINDSEY GRAHAM HAS INVITED RUDY LINDSEY GRAHAM HAS INVITED RUDY GIULIANI TO TESTIFY BEFORE THE GIULIANI TO TESTIFY BEFORE THE SENATE JUDICIARY COMMITTEE. SENATE JUDICIARY COMMITTEE. PROFESSOR, I GO TO YOU FIRST. PROFESSOR, I GO TO YOU FIRST. WHAT DOES IT TELL YOU THAT THERE WHAT DOES IT TELL YOU THAT THERE IS SUCH RESISTANCE TO HAVING IS SUCH RESISTANCE TO HAVING CERTAIN PEOPLE TESTIFY AND WHAT CERTAIN PEOPLE TESTIFY AND WHAT DO YOU SEE IN THE RUDY GAMBIT? DO YOU SEE IN THE RUDY…

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    Bernie Sanders on FDR | Bernie Sanders

    A few hours ago, a few hours ago I had the wonderful opportunity to visit the Franklin Delano Roosevelt homestead. And I was happy to be there because in my view, FDR was one of the great presidents in the history of this country. He was a great president because he came into office in 1933, in a nation which was experiencing the worst depression in the history of our country and he looked around him and he saw millions of people unemployed and hungry. He saw farmers losing their farms. He saw people struggling every single day to get the healthcare they needed or education for their kids. And…

  • Presidential Power: Crash Course Government and Politics #11
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    Presidential Power: Crash Course Government and Politics #11

    This episode of Crash Course is brought to you by SquareSpace. Hi. I’m Craig and this is Crash Course: Government and Politics. And today, we’re gonna talk about the most powerful person in the U.S. No, not Chris Hemsworth, although he is powerful, in a physical sense. We’re talking about the President of the United States, who right now is Barack Obama But that’s the last we’ll mention of him specifically. Instead, we’ll examine the office of the Presidency and what makes whoever holds the office so powerful. We’re also gonna talk about what makes him (and so far the President has always been a him) less powerful than you…